U.S. indicts Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for conspiring to hack into Pentagon computers

Yesterday, April 11, 2019, after providing him political asylum in its embassy in London for the past 7 years, the government of Ecuador surrendered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 47, to the UK police.

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said he had run of patience with Assange and withdrew his asylum status, describing him as an “inherited” problem from Moreno’s predecessor, former President Rafael Correa. Moreno said Assange had been “discourteous and aggressive” while inside the embassy and confronting and mistreating guards.

In a press conference, Ecuador’s Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said Correa’s government “tolerated things like Assange putting feces on the embassy walls and other behaviors far from the minimum respect that a guest can have.” (CNN)

In the past, others had also commented on Assange’s hygiene:

  • Last January, Assange’s former aide Daniel Domscheit-Berg, author of Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website (2011), told International Business Times: “Julian ate everything with his hands and he always wiped his fingers on his pants. I have never seen pants as greasy as his in my whole life.”
  • In 2011, New York Times former executive editor Bill Keller met Assange and described him as a “bag lady walking in off the street. He smelled as if he hadn’t bathed for days. He was alert but disheveled, like a bag lady walking in off the street, wearing a dingy, light-colored sport coat and cargo pants, dirty white shirt, beat-up sneakers and filthy white socks that collapsed around his ankles.”

From these descriptions of Assange’s lack of hygiene, it is difficult for me to imagine Hollyweird sex-pot Pamela Anderson, 51, allegedly having an affair with Assange in the embassy.

Anderson had a meltdown on Twitter over Assange’s arrest and expected extradition to the U.S. Here’s one of her tweets:

Assange was arraigned in Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday. In a quick verdict, Judge Michael Snow found Assange guilty of skipping bail in 2012 by entering the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden in a rape investigation. Assange faces up to 12 months behind bars for the conviction in the UK. His defense argued that he couldn’t expect a fair trial in Britain because the UK’s sole purpose was to “secure his delivery” to the US. (New York Post)

Wanted in the U.S. for conspiring with “transgender” Chelsea (Bradley) Manning to steal military secrets by hacking into U.S. government computers, Assange will appear in a US court via video link on May 2.

Below is the U.S. Department of Justice’s April 11, 2019 press release:

Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.

According to court documents unsealed today, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.

The indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications. Manning, who had access to the computers in connection with her duties as an intelligence analyst, was using the computers to download classified records to transmit to WikiLeaks. Cracking the password would have allowed Manning to log on to the computers under a username that did not belong to her. Such a deceptive measure would have made it more difficult for investigators to determine the source of the illegal disclosures.

During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions regarding Manning’s transmission of classified records to Assange. The discussions also reflect Assange actively encouraging Manning to provide more information. During an exchange, Manning told Assange that “after this upload, that’s all I really have got left.” To which Assange replied, “curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”

Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors….

The extradition will be handled by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

WikiLeaks had played an invaluable role in the 2016 presidential elections by publishing emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — probably obtained by then-DNC staffer Seth Rich whose suspicious death cries out for justice — Hillary Clinton, and her presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.

WikiLeaks‘ position has always been that, in the interest of freedom of information, it will publish documents that are sent to them. That is very different than what Assange is accused of by the DOJ, which is that Assange had actively conspired with Manning to hack into Pentagon computers to obtain classified information.

What do you think?

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William
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William

I’ve always been ambivalent re: wikileaks. As with all “insider” information there is always a sense of limited hang-out. There are factions within the DS/TPTB, the info that is released is what one side wants released. Back and forth. When WL first emerged onto the scene there were strong suggestions of Mossad influence, absolutely nothing critical of the Zionist entity. Assange is simply an operative caught in the middle between conflicting factions; there is much more here than meets the eye. This has nothing to do with classified information being compromised. Hilary shared classified documents by email (!) with individuals… Read more »

TrailDust
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Wow! I think the release of secrets during the election played a strong role in rescuing America from the Clinton crime family and the deep state. Beyond that, Assange is a mystery to me. And his association with “Chelsea” Manning is an indictment in itself. Considering the profusion of lies coming from news media and the deep state, it is impossible for me to know the truth about Assange.

William
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William

“And his association with “Chelsea” Manning is an indictment in itself.”

Yes, what is up with that? It always elicits a ? from me

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Any thing that is allowed to reach public eyes these day does have a real credibility problem. That the U.S. justice department’s “press release” so casually refers to manning in the feminine does little to inspire trust in their veracity.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

TD . . . Thank you for your perceptive comments. I had not thought enough about it to come to the conclusion that the WikiLeaks affair had effected the Clinton campaign to such a degree. (stupid ‘ol me) Seeing things in this light makes me wonder why Obama took the step of exonerating Manning. This whole thing is one big question mark!

Lou Minati
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Lou Minati

I feel like getting Assange to the US is all part of the plan, but it wasn’t going to happen until the Mueller report was complete. Whatever pretext they had to come up with is fine. The important thing is he’s here. Now he’ll be able to speak about many topics, from HRC’s e-mails to Seth Rich and who knows what else. Another chess piece has been placed upon the board. Why else would the DS Fake News come out guns blazing, doing their best to demonize Assange via preemptive strikes? Because they know what’s going to be revealed, and… Read more »

TrailDust
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Popping the popcorn now and reaching for a seltzer water. This is as good as a night at the movies.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

TD . . . . I’m with you . . . . let the show begin!!!

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

It appears Assange has gone downhill very badly physically and in personal hygiene, but that is to be expected when someone endures seven years in what amounts to solitary confinement. The signs become clear when this happens in Canadian & US prisons after 24 months.

When we consider how at least three Sovereign governments are out to get him, how can anyone expect even a pretense of justice? He’s a walking dead man, for sure. Why couldn’t this happen to someone –say Broom Hilda– who really deserves it?

William
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William

“Why couldn’t this happen to someone –say Broom Hilda– who really deserves it?”

Patience

Anon
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Anon

Surely Assange would be highly prized target of hexes curses evil spells, if he’s not religious or otherwise psychically protected, the brazen witches could be able to conjure various entities to disturb him…

William
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William

If you say so

Goldbug
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Goldbug

It seems our “intelligence” agencies are lacking in intelligence. It appears they allowed nobodies among them to hack, download and disperse classified information, and yet they remained unaware? They say Assange is the guilty party, yet Manning, the thief, is now free? Something rotten here, more cover-ups. Beware, journalists, you may be next. One does not cross the ugly deep state and remain free to talk. And who bought Ecuador?

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Goldbug . . . Thank you for commenting on exactly what I was thinking. I seem extremely perplexed by the fact that Manning is a free ______. His part in this fiasco is far above whatever fault I can find and assign to Assange. Here we have someone who was a military person . . . Who no doubt took a pledge to honor our Our Constitution. As far as I am concerned Manning should have spent the better part of the rest of ______ life in prison for taking so lightly his VOLUNTARY pledge of allegiance to the Constitution… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

He was pardoned. Regardless what anyone thinks about it, it happened. Assange didn’t pardon him Obongo did. What the US did was a war crime. What Manning did was a crime too. He went to jail and might still be there but for the pardon. I think it took courage to do what he did, but I’m not sure it was “right” from a military perspective. It doesn’t do any good to be a whistle blower if there isn’t a venue to get the information to the public. We can see any day of the week that the “media” is… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

Bradley Manning utilized Julian Assange, another unscrupulous individual both with harmful intentions to inflict on the US. One a queer bilking the government to become a full fletched woman [Chelsea Manning] on taxpayers money. Rapist Assange -an Australian communist dirtbag working for Russia, and Canadian born Pam “slam” Anderson a no-talent-attention seeker actress. They all need to be in jail for treason, Assange the worst of the three because he too betrayed the sanctity of the Ecuadorian embassy that gave him refugee. Anderson a useful instrument of her stupidity for not showing allegiance to our country. Manning deserves the death… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

How is it that the actual Hacker Bradly Manning is off perfectly free because of Obama, but the recipient of the info in now being indicted. And Trump? Whats’ up with him. I think the leeks did play a role in his election..not sure how big but there had to be an influence. Makow maintains that Assange is an Israeli asset. If so they don’t’ seem to be treating their assets very well at all.

William
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William

I think it’s a fairly safe assumption that Assange is connected with Israel/Mossad as I mentioned in my other comment. He may not even know it although that’s unlikely. As for DT my sense is that he is president only because he made the biggest deal of his life, a quid pro quo, with the Zionist entity. I think he would have been elected anyway in an honest election but that’s almost beside the point. The Zio/globalists control American politics to a large extent and the release of the WL Podesta/Clinton emails did make a difference, possibly a big difference.… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Lana . . . You have given voice to the exact question that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. I look at the possibility of Trump benefiting to whatever degree from these leaks . . . to be a great blessing from the Heavens! We needed something, or someone to turn this great ship of state in a different direction.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I too think that the leaks helped with the election. That is why the left HATES him now. They used to love him. Trump is talking out both sides of his mouth on this. I wish I could say that was unusual. He ought to offer him a deal. Give me everything and I’ll pardon you. He isn’t guilty of anything anyway. I like to read Makow but I doubt Assange is an Israeli asset. That’s silly. He may be wary of the Jews, (to his shame), but I don’t think he works for them. I said I’m not impressed.… Read more »

William
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William

I don’t think Assange is an Israeli asset, I think Mossad is able to influence what information he receives from what sources and ultimately what he publishes. Admittedly the only evidence I have for this view is that initially at least he published nothing that was even remotely critical of Israel. I haven’t read what Makow says about this, not because I think he lacks credibility but because I try to limit my exposure to the internet and visit very few sites. And Israel is hardly above criticism. The “Israel lobby” has enormous leverage with the American political system, they… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Actually, I wasn’t directing that at you. Lana said that “Makow thinks….”that’s what my comment is about. Sure, they could influence him. I also said I wasn’t a big fan. I’m not. I’ll give him credit where I think he’s due. I’m always exasperated with his “releases”. I think they’re overly dramatic and silly. Also, I don’t like, like you, the fact that he knows more than he’s saying. What’s the point of that beyond self-preservation? As to the Pizzagate stuff, there IS a mountain of information. It’s a shame no one is going to do anything about it. Whether… Read more »

William
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William

I didn’t think you were directing your comment at me, I was just responding to yours in a general way. I never thought Assange was any kind of hero, maybe it’s just me but there always seemed to be something not quite legit about WL. I have learned through the years to be very skeptical. I don’t know..and that”s what frustrates me. The missing information. Assange presents well, his info is always accurate. I don’t know. Pizzagate I fear was the tip of the iceberg. Sexual exploitation, and worse, of children by the elites is I think more horrific and… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yes, I totally agree. I think I said as much, although you said it more concisely. We’re not having an argument. I’m neither a fan of Assange or Anderson. And yes, I AM suspicious of Assange and anyone else he associates with. Having said that, in a Constitutional sense, there isn’t any difference between “Wikileaks” and “60 Minutes”. While I realize that its a total waste of time and emotion, I’m one of those guys who believes in principles rather than status. So, like him or not, what he did is not illegal, at least as I currently understand it.… Read more »

William
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William

A word re: Pamela Anderson. She has been a conspicuous shill for Climate Change prop. Therefore compromised IMO. I think anything she says should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Most readers here probably do anyway

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Agreed. I just can’t feature her spending time with a smelly Ass…..ange.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I wouldn’t put too much stock in the alleged “hygiene” story. Look at how the left talks about Trump. It’s easy to slime somebody. As Dr. E says, I too find it hard to imagine Pamela Anderson being a good friend if he’s really as filthy as they describe. Besides, what difference would THAT make to what he does? I think his organization provides a valuable service, though I think like William that it is always slightly a “limited hangout”. We are always fed dribbles and drabs with much pre-hype and we are forced to wait for the anti-climax. I… Read more »

William
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William

I realize that no one here would grant Pamela Anderson any level of credibility about anything. I have no idea why she is even involved in this. So I guess just disregard my previous comment.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I do believe I said “…what difference would that make?”.

William
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William

You did, yes. With this comment I wasn’t referring to anything you said. My comments sometimes take hours to appear so It’s impossible to be part of a real time “conversation”. I often amend previous comments with new ones as an afterthought but they are disconnected. This one was directed more to myself, just thinking out loud

Chemtrails
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It’s probably all a big publicity stunt, “they” have something up their sleeve and they want Assange for some reason. Maybe to take the attention off of something else like our rights being whittled away and our brains and bodies being fried by 5G and WiFi.
Can anyone even believe that these other “presidents” in other countries (including ours) are even freely elected anymore? That’s why they push this “voting” crap all the time because our votes really do not matter in the big elections, they own both parties, like Gary Allen said.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I won’t rule that out, but they’ve wanted him out of the picture for quite a while now. I don’t know who will take his place. We really do need places where the documents can be put for your reading pleasure when the Odor “media” won’t run them.

He hasn’t even offered his opinion on most of them. All they’ve done is to shed light on them. Judicial Watch does the same thing but also takes legal action and publishes opinions.

It may be worse what they don’t publish than the lies they do.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

I might suggest that Assange watch his back.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I think its a little late now.

SMKay
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SMKay

Court TV is coming back in May of this year. The timing is perfect for having an outlet to bypass the fake media news. I dont think he will serve a day in jail let alone the maximun penalty of 5 years. He comes back to the US, cooperates and his testimony gives him time served. The bad guys are the ones who set up the russian witch hunt to over throw a sitting president. I want to see justice served. The two tiered system needs to end. One day soon… I hope to stuff myself with popcorn glued to… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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I have heard that Assange was raised in a cult somewhere in Australia and that this affected him; Yet, at the same time, his life is a blank inbetween that time and Wikileaks. All Right, let’s assume that Assange is guilty of breaking or hacking into computers to upload this information, and statutes against this were already in place when Assange started this venture. Yes, this is the case, and let us say that this law made sense “at least until Assange.” Let’s avoid that trap: Assange, according to Michael Savage, released information that put U.S. troops in danger in… Read more »

Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

As one or 2 previous commenters here stated, which I find very credible, that Assange is being brought here to help expose felon & traitor Hillary Clinton, the spirit cooking Podesta’s, and other traitors from the Obozo Admin. Rush Limbaugh seems to think AG Barr is going to do the right thing and prosecute the traitors involved in the coup attempt against our nation.
I’m all for capital punishment, as these were capital offenses. John Brennen should be first to be placed in the electric chair, with a long line of Liberal/Communists & Bolsheviks to follow.

Jo
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Jo

The DOJ is a criminal cartel. I don’t believe Assange assisted in anything. I hope Assange remains strong and brings forward the truth concerning Seth Rich.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I understand that he did a total data dump today. That should be interesting. I doubt that it contains source information, however. That is what they really want.

As an example, since Seth Rich is dead he could release that without damage to him. If he doesn’t want to do that he could reiterate that the data was far too big for a “hack” and that it was given to them in another media. That would permanently squelch the stupid “Russia Collusion” meme.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

No one has addressed the issue that the U.K. Was allowed into the Embassy to remove Assange, that goes against international law of it being a safe haven. Something smells here. Of course we are going to hear awful things about Assange, how else can they garner public sympathy? What I hear new now and from here on out, I will take with a grain of salt. We do owe JA a very deep amount of gratitude, for without him, we would be losing our rights and freedom with CLinton as President and with what she had planned many of… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

Julian Assange left instructions for this series of files to be released if he was ever arrested. Bookmark these files and spread them all over the Internet: https://file.wikileaks.org/file/